Washington, Dec. 3 -- The White House has turned down the House judiciary committee's invitation to participate in the Wednesday hearing, the first in the penultimate phase of the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, but has left open its participation in future proceedings.

The House intelligence committee will review a draft of a report based on its hearings so far, and vote on it on Tuesday to advance to the judiciary committee, for it to determine the articles of impeachment and put them to a vote by the full House. A Senate trial will be the final stage.

The judiciary committee is scheduled to hold its first hearing on Wednesday at which it will discuss constitutional provisions and procedures regarding impeachment wit...